Syria: UK Government deciding on action

Pro-EU campaigners will hold a national day of action on Saturday

Pro-EU campaigners will hold a national day of action on Saturday

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to ask her cabinet of ministers on Thursday to approve Britain's involvement in military action against Syrian chemical weapons infrastructure, Sky News said.

The cabinet is expected to support May to join a possible military action by the US and its allies against the Syrian regime without seeking a parliamentary approval.

Informed sources said May is prepared to take action against the Assad regime without first seeking Parliamentary consent.

This image released by the Syrian Civil Defense White Helmets, shows a child receiving oxygen through respirators following an alleged poison gas attack in the rebel-held town of Douma, near Damascus, Syria.

"She has said all the indications" are that President Bashar Assad's forces were responsible, and the use of chemical weapons "cannot go unchallenged".

Some lawmakers have expressed reservations about taking military action now, but others have come to believe the 2013 vote was a mistake.

Donald Trump says missiles "are coming". "The situation in Syria is horrific, the use of chemical weapons is something the world has to prevent", he said.

"But parliament must be involved before any military action is agreed".

A separate YouGov survey on Thursday found 61 percent of people think it would be necessary for parliament to vote on military action against Syria, with just 18 percent saying it was not necessary and 21 percent undecided.

The mission was only allowed after approval by MPs - they backed military action in Iraq in September 2014, and in Syria a year later, strictly limiting strikes to IS targets.

Britain continues to support the US-led coalition targeting IS jihadists in Iraq and Syria, and has conducted more than 1,700 strikes.

Another Conservative MP, former London mayoral candidate Zac Goldsmith, tweeted: "We need a clear response to the Syrian chemical outrage".

She told her senior ministers on Thursday the Douma events showed a "deeply concerning" erosion of worldwide legal norms barring the use of chemical weapons.

Corbyn has said any action in Syria should be put to a parliamentary vote.

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